Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon. John McVeigh and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
- The specialised cattle industry training centre opens today at Roe Creek, Alice Springs
- The new centre will help train and up-skill young locals
- The Coalition Government invested more than $440,000 in the project
People seeking employment opportunities in Australia’s cattle industry received a boost today with the opening of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association’s new training facility at Roe Creek on the outskirts of Alice Springs.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the new training centre would provide training and up-skilling services to a broad section of people, including those involved in community service and school-based traineeship programs.
“The CLP is funding this project to improve opportunities for trainees in Central Australia to and support our important cattle industry, in stark contrast to Labor’s approach that has involved shutting down the industry,” Senator Scullion said.
“While Labor remains intent on shutting down the live export trade and hurting all of our rural industries, the CLP remains committed to supporting our pastoralists and their future.
“The reality is Labor would never invest in this type of critical agricultural training infrastructure and I am delighted to be part of a government that is delivering for the bush.”
Country Liberal Party Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price who attended the official opening today, said the training facility would create new job opportunities for locals.
“It will address disadvantage within the region by providing accredited training opportunities for anyone keen to work in the industry,” Ms Price said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said courses provided through the new centre would focus on promoting best practice and workplace safety principles.
“The establishment of this well-equipped training facility will help draw more people to the region who are looking to start or further their careers in the industry,” Dr McVeigh said.
“The opening of the centre today provides people living in regional areas with practical educational and training opportunities, something that was not previously available in Central Australia’s cattle industry. This project is part of the Coalition Government’s plan to create more jobs and opportunities for regional Australians.”
The project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $446,340 through the Building Better Regions Fund and the Northern Territory’s Cattlemen’s Association providing $148,780.